Erie native and former Mercyhurst University goaltender Ryan Zapolski and former Erie Otters forward Nick Palmieri will represent the United States at the Deutchland Cup tournament Nov. 8-11 in Munich, Germany. Team USA faces Slovakia on Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m., followed by games against Switzerland on Nov. 9 at 1:45 p.m. and Germany on Nov. 10 at 10:45 a.m. Zapolski, 26, who played for Mercyhurst from 2007-11, plays for Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga in Finland this season. Palmieri, 24, who played for the Otters from 2005-08, plays for Munich EHC of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany. He played 87 games in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild from 2009-12.
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Posted: October 26th, 2013
Posted: August 21st, 2013
Erie native Ryan Zapolski, a Cathedral Prep alumnus and former standout goaltender for the Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team, will play for Raumann Lukko of Finland’s SM-liiga in the 2013-14 season. He signed with the club this past spring.
Zapolski, 26, turned a run to the ECHL’s most valuable player award with the South Carolina Stingrays a season ago into a chance to play overseas. He posted a 27-11-2 record and a league-best 1.64 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and eight shutouts on the way to being the second goaltender in the league’s 25-year history to earn top rookie, top goaltender and MVP honors in the same season. He set the ECHL record for goals-against average, tied the mark for shutouts and tied for the second-best save percentage in league history.
Spencer Carbery, Stingrays head coach and director of hockey operations, called it “one of the greatest years for a goaltender that I’ve ever seen with my own eyes.” Zapolski spent the past two seasons in the ECHL. He also had short stints in the American Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a season ago. He completed his four-year career as starter at Mercyhurst in 2011.
Posted: April 16th, 2013
Erie native Ryan Zapolski has signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, The Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) reported Monday.
Zapolski, 26, a Cathedral Prep and Mercyhurst University alumnus, earned the opportunity with the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate after completing a record-setting season with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays last week.
Zapolski was the second player in league history to capture top rookie, top goaltender and most valuable player honors in the same season, as well as the third goaltender to ever claim the MVP award. He also set the league record with a 1.64 goals-against average, tied the mark for shutouts (8) and tied for the second-best save percentage (.942). He led the league in all three categories this season and finished tied for second with 27 wins.
Zapolski had a week-long stint with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ affiliate, this past December. But he didn’t play in any games. He joins an Admirals club that includes former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas. They are tied for ninth with the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference, two points behind the Rockford IceHogs for the final playoff spot with four games left in the regular season. The Admirals play Chicago tonight.
In other Lakers’ news, fifth-year senior goaltender Max Strang signed an amateur tryout contract with the ECHL’s Reading Royals last Friday. Strang, who completed his Mercyhurst career last month, said he has replaced an injured goaltender on the Royals’ roster.
Posted: April 5th, 2013
Erie native Ryan Zapolski continues to garner honors from the ECHL.
Zapolski, a former Mercyhurst University goaltender who plays for the South Carolina Stingrays, was named the league’s most valuable player Friday, a few days after being named the league’s top rookie. He also was named recently to the ECHL’s all-rookie and first teams. Zapolski, 26, set the league’s single-season record with a 1.64 goals-against average and tied the record of eight shutouts. He also led with a .942 save percentage, which was tied for the second-best mark in league history. Zapolski finished tied for second with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played.
Posted: April 1st, 2013
Erie native Ryan Zapolski, 26, who played in college for Mercyhurst, has been awarded the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy as the ECHL’s rookie of the year. Zapolski, a goaltender with the South Carolina Stingrays, set the league’s single-season record with a 1.64 goals-against average and tied the record of eight shutouts. He also led with a .942 save percentage, which was tied for the second-best mark in league history. Zapolski, who finished tied for second with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played, added top rookie honors to his spots on the league’s all-rookie team and first team.
Posted: March 27th, 2013
Former Mercyhurst goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, has been named to the ECHL’s all rookie team for posting a 26-11-2 record, 1.66 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and eight shutouts in 39 games with the South Carolina Stingrays this season. He has tied the league’s single-season record for shutouts. He has earned the league’s goaltender of the week honors three times and their monthly award twice, and was named MVP of the league’s all-star game.
Posted: March 14th, 2012
Check out why Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native and Mercyhurst alumnus, was named ECHL goaltender of the week.
Posted: February 18th, 2012
That start occurred Saturday night in a key Atlantic Hockey Association game against Air Force at Cadet Ice Arena. Strang, a redshirt junior who hadn’t played in two weeks, responded by stealing a big win.
Strang stopped a career-high 50-of-51 shots in Mercyhurst’s 2-1 win against first-place Air Force in front of 2,887 fans. His save total was the most by a Laker in a regulation game since Ryan Zapolski stopped 50 shots against Robert Morris Nov. 19, 2010.
With the win, the Lakers (17-13-4, 14-7-4) moved into a three-way tie for third with Niagara and Bentley with two games left in the regular season.
They head into next weekend’s home-and-home series with Canisius two points behind Air Force (16-8-7, 14-5-6) and one behind second-place Rochester Institute of Technology. Holy Cross and Robert Morris are one and three points behind the Lakers, respectively.
The top four teams in the standings earn first-round byes in the AHA playoffs, which begin in two weeks.
Strang allowed only Cole Gunner’s goal 9 minutes, 22 seconds into the opening period, which handed the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Mercyhurst, which was outshot 51-19, tied the score at 1 on Nick Jones’ power-play goal 11:11 into the second.
Paul Chiasson’s unassisted goal 6:25 into the third snapped the tie. Then the Lakers held on the rest of the way, headlined by a successful penalty kill in the game’s final two minutes.
Mercyhurst 2, Air Force 1
Mercyhurst 0 1 1 — 2
Air Force 1 0 0 — 1
1st Period — 1. Air Force, Cole Gunner 5 (Kirby, Weissenhofer), 9:22. Penalties — Zay (M) hooking, 5:16; Zay (M) tripping, 19:46.
2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Nick Jones 9 (Bahntge, Nagtzaam), 11:11 (pp). Penalties — Frischmon (M) hooking, 7:12; Fabian (A) cross checking, 9:41; Shiplo (M) cross checking, 13:44.
3rd Period — 3. Mercyhurst, Paul Chiasson 13 (unassisted), 6:25. Penalties — Gunner (A) facemasking, 6:58; O’Donoghue (M) facemasking, 6:58; Misiak (M) boarding, 17:15.
Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 8-4-7—19; Air Force, 17-14-19—51.
Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Max Strang 13-11-3(51 shots, 50 saves); Air Force, Jason Torf 5-3-2 (19 shots, 17 saves).
Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-1), Air Force (0-5).
Referee — Jim Visconte. Linesmen — Chris Foote, Jon Shaw.
Attendance — 2,887.
Posted: March 17th, 2011
Senior forward Meghan Agosta was the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team’s only player on the Reebok Hockey/ACHA All-America Team. The honorees were announced at the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four’s Welcome Banquet on Thursday at Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center.
Agosta, who leads the nation in scoring with 86 points, earned the honor for the fourth straight year.
She was joined on the first team by four players participating in this weekend’s NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four – senior goaltender Molly Schaus (Boston College), sophomore defenseman Laura Fortino (Cornell) and senior forward Meghan Duggan and junior forward Hilary Knight of Wisconsin. Senior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque (Minnesota Duluth) also was named to the first team.
The second team included sophomore goaltender Noora Raty (Minnesota), senior defenseman Catherine Ward (Boston University), sophomore forward Brianna Decker (Wisconsin), senior forward Kelli Stack (BC) and sophomore defenseman Lauriane Rougeau and junior forward Rebecca Johnston from Cornell.
In other news, Mercyhurst freshmen forward Taylor Holstrom was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s rookie of the year. Holstrom, who had nine goals and 33 points in 36 games this season, also was named to the all-rookie team. Senior goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, earned a spot on the second team. Seniors Jeff Terminesi, a defenseman, and Scott Pitt, a forward, were on the third team.
Posted: March 12th, 2011
Tom Janosz scored 11 minutes, 41 seconds into overtime, handed the Lakers a 4-3 loss to Connecticut in Game 2 of their Atlantic Hockey Association series at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday night.
Janosz’s first goal of the season ended the Lakers’ season a year after a double-overtime goal eliminated the Lakers in Game 2 of a quarterfinal series against Canisius.
On this night, the Lakers (15-18-4) answered UConn’s three-goal second period, which broke open a scoreless tie, with three goals in a 6-minute span of the third period. Nate Jensen’s second goal of the season, scored on the power play sparked the comeback 6:09 into the period.
Scott Pitt moved the Lakers within a goal 18 seconds later. Then Mike Gurtler’s power-play goal completed the comeback with 7:49 left in regulation. Along the way, backup goaltender Max Strang stopped the first 11 shots he faced in relief of Erie native Ryan Zapolski.
Zapolski was pulled after allowing three goals in a 3-minute span late in the second. But Strang couldn’t stop Janosz on the game’s final shot. Mercyhurst outshot UConn 56-32 in the game. But Huskies goaltender Garrett Bartus made 53 saves.
Pitt had a goal and assist for the Lakers. Steve Bergin, Cole Schneider and Billy Latta each scored for the Huskies (15-17-4), which advance to the semifinals on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.
- Victor Fernandes
Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)
Game 2 – Saturday
No. 4 Connecticut 4, No. 5 Mercyhurst 3, OT (UConn wins series 2-0)
No. 6 Canisius 3, No. 3 Holy Cross 2, OT (Series tied 1-1)
No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology 5, No. 8 American International 1 (RIT wins series 2-0)
No. 2 Air Force 4, No. 7 Sacred Heart 0 (Air Force wins series 2-0)
Note: Game 3 of each series, if necessary, is set for Sunday (same start times)
Game 3 – Sunday
Canisius (13-18-6) at Holy Cross (16-15-5), 7:05 p.m.
Semifinals – March 18
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
No. 1 RIT (18-10-8) vs. lowest remaining seed, 4:05 p.m.
No. 2 Air Force (18-11-6) vs. highest remaining seed, 60 minutes after completion of Game 1
Championship game – March 19
at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Connecticut 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT)
Mercyhurst 0 0 3 0 — 3
Connecticut 0 3 0 1 — 4
1st Period — None. Penalties — Sims (C) boarding, :30; Pitt (M) interference, 13:58; Krispel (C) slashing, 19:02.
2nd Period — 1. Connecticut, Steve Bergin 3 (Krispel, Ambrosie), 12:30. 2. Connecticut, Cole Schneider 12 (Ranallo), 13:39. 3. Connecticut, Billy Latta 11 (Cooper, Winter), 15:34. Penalties — Raven (M) roughing, 1:55; Schneider (C) cross checking, 6:32; Terminesi (M) roughing, 11:38; Harris (C) roughing, 11:38; Blakey (M) 5-min. major, 16:47; Ranallo (C) high sticking, 17:50; Cooper (C) high sticking, 18:54.
3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Nate Jensen 2 (Chiasson, Pitt), 6:09 (pp). 5. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 19 (Goebel, Holstrom), 6:27. 6. Mercyhurst, Mike Gurtler 10 (Blakey), 12:11. Penalties — Carkin (M) cross checking, 2:02; O’Donoghue (M) hitting after whistle, 2:02; Olson (C) hitting after whistle, 2:02; Janosz (C) holding, 6:01; Sapieha (C) tripping, 10:33.
Overtime — 7. Connecticut, Tom Janosz 1 (Ambrosie), 11:41. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 14-16-19-7—56; Connecticut, 9-11-4-8—32.
Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski (20 shots, 17 saves), Max Strang 2-1-0 (12 shots, 11 saves); Connecticut, Garrett Bartus 14-14-4 (56 shots, 53 saves).
Power plays — Mercyhurst (2-6), Connecticut (0-4).
Referees — James Troup, Shayne Ferrier. Linesmen — Brendan Blanchard, Bryan Goodwin.
Attendance — 157.